This fall, in celebration of our 25th anniversary, the Wexner Center for the Arts will mount Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, an unprecedented exhibition of the personal collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner. With its concentrated focus on 20th–century virtuosos Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet, along with works by Edgar Degas, Willem de Kooning, and Susan Rothenberg, the Wexner Family Collection is truly incomparable to any other private collection formed over the last 50 years.
Guest curated by Robert Storr, professor and dean of the Yale University School of Art and former senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, Transfigurations will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue featuring essays by Storr, Ohio State History of Art professor and Picasso scholar Lisa Florman, and art historian/curator Diana Widmaier-Picasso, a prologue coauthored by Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin and Storr, and entries on each of the works in the show. The catalogue will bring fresh perspective to these artists and examine the figurative impulses that connect them. Pick up your copy of Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection in the Wexner Center Store.
This will be the first-ever public exhibition of this remarkable collection—and the Wexner Center is the one and only venue where you can intimately experience these timeless treasures, on view now through December 31. Continue your visit to the galleries and delve further into the collection at wexarts.org/explore, where you can explore the artists, works, and techniques featured in this extraordinary exhibition.
“A collection of this caliber and magnitude requires rare discipline, passion and discernment....Those who take the opportunity to view and absorb this exhibition will count themselves incredibly lucky to have looked over the shoulder of such avid collectors.”
Walk-ups to Transfigurations are welcome, but you can reserve a timed ticket in advance, which is suggested during potentially busy times (such as the last two weeks of December). To make a reservation, use the links on the right or call (614) 292-3535. Your exhibition ticket will allow you to enter the exhibition at any time during the selected half-hour window; once inside, you can stay as long as you like. If the galleries are at capacity, you may experience a brief wait to enter the exhibition.
Please note: all visitors to the exhibition will need a ticket for entry; just stop by the Patron Services desk when you arrive if you haven’t made a reservation ahead of time.
Due to the tremendous public response and the amount of requests, our tour calendar is full, and docent-led tours are no longer available. Please feel free to contact Marisa Espe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 292-6493 for more information about self-guided tours.
To expedite your entry into Transfigurations, please take a moment to review the updated gallery policies and check-in procedure outlined here. There are certain common items not permitted inside the galleries, such as pens and bottled water, that you may find more convenient to leave at home or in your car than to check in our free lockers.
In order to expedite your entry into Transfigurations, please take a moment to review the check-in procedure outlined below.
All bags will be inspected before being checked or allowed into the galleries. Backpacks, regardless of size, are not permitted. All bags, including purses and diaper bags, must be smaller than 14 inches by 14 inches by 4 inches to be allowed into the galleries. Oversized bags and backpacks may be checked after inspection in our staffed coat check or self-serve lockers. Both options are available at no charge.
It is recommended that you travel lightly to increase the speed and ease with which you may enter the galleries.The following items are not permitted in the galleries:
In accordance with Ohio law, possession of concealed handguns is not permitted on university property, including the Wexner Center for the Arts.
The Wexner Center for the Arts and its employees reserve the right to determine which items may be brought into the building and the galleries, including, but not limited to, the items listed above.
Photography of any kind is not permitted in the galleries due to artist rights agreements. Cell phone, iPad, and mobile device usage is not allowed in the galleries.
Patrons may use small strollers inside the galleries. However, for the safety of both visitors and the artwork on display, double and oversized strollers are not permitted. Patrons may borrow a stroller during their visit on a first-come, first-served basis. Diaper bags containing food and drink are required to be checked.
There are no size restrictions on wheelchairs. A limited number of wheelchairs are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis at coat check. Patrons may also reserve a wheelchair in advance of their visit.
Pens are not permitted in the galleries. Patrons interested in taking notes may use a pencil. Sketching in the galleries is discouraged but sketchbooks smaller than 12 inches by 18 inches are permitted, so long as patron circulation is not inhibited by those using sketchpads.
Strict enforcement of the current prohibition of food, drink, and gum inside our galleries continues.
The Wexner Center for the Arts is proud to partner with Crowne Plaza Columbus–Downtown and The Lofts Hotel for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection. Both locations offer the following package:
These offers are valid for check-in and check-out dates September 21–December 31, 2014. For more information on either package, please call the in-house reservations office at (614) 461-2642.
Please expect increased traffic and a higher demand for parking in the campus area on home football Saturdays.
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Wexner Center member, now is the perfect time to join. As a member, you’ll receive free reserved admission to the exhibition and you'll enjoy priority access and ticket savings to the fantastic performances and films presented as part of our 25th Anniversary Season (watch for the member-only presale period beginning December 1). And don’t forget, members save with year-round discounts in the Wexner Center Store and Heirloom Café.
For information on exclusive VIP events for Donor Circles and corporate members, please contact Katy Reis at email@example.com or (614) 292-0444.
Interested in learning more about the artists represented in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection?
Visit our dedicated website for a more detailed study of the lives and working techniques of the artists represented in this extraordinary exhibition. Educators will also find curriculum resources designed to support their K–12 classrooms. Special thanks to Eyethink and Mills James for their help in developing the website.
Inaugurated in 1989 as a bold experiment in presenting and supporting the creation of contemporary art in a university setting, the Wexner Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season this fall. We’re marking the occasion with the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of the Wexner Family Collection, a series of related talks and lectures, plus an amazing slate of events on stage and on screen. Don't delay in purchasing your tickets for this season’s signature events.The Events, featuring Columbus’s community choir Harmony Project alongside the outstanding UK-based cast; Landfall, the first collaboration between Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet; the US premiere of Rising, an acclaimed solo program by British dance sensation Aakash Odedra, and New Society, from performance artist and writer Miranda July—plus great Next@Wex and jazz performances. visits from Catherine Breillat, one of France’s most significant and controversial contemporary filmmakers; Terry Zwigoff, appearing in conversation; Beth B, presenting her documentary on underground burlesque; and Jodie Mack, here to introduce her thrilling experimental animations. Our Film/Video Theater will also play host to Alloy Orchestra, providing a live score to a restoration of Buster Keaton’s beloved comedy, The General; a 4K restoration of the ultimate Spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and a riveting 3D presentation of Charlie Victor Romeo, based on a theatrical production shown at the Wex in 2002.
We’ll be joined this season by such artistic experts as art historian T. J. Clark, comparing two of Picasso’s works; author Joshua Wolf Shenk, who will read from his work on the power of creative partnerships; influential art critic Lucy Lippard; and artist Kerry James Marshall, here to discuss his career and the importance of art education. The annual Lambert Family Lecture features a conversation between Transfigurations curator Robert Storr and artist Carroll Dunham, and the conversations surrounding the masterworks in our galleries continue as teachers and teens explore the exhibition in workshops and WexLabs.
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